8 Gadgets You Must Have to Make Your Home A Smart Home

Turning your home into a smart home isn’t just about being cool. It enhances your living experience and takes it to a whole new level.

Updated on January 03, 2019 8:01 am

8 Gadgets You Must Have to Make Your Home A Smart Home

A smart home is one that is equipped with smart devices to automate tasks normally handled by you or your spouse. Turning your home into a smart home isn’t just about being cool. It enhances your living experience and takes it to a whole new level. Not only that, it also helps you to save energy and money. Already sold on turning your home into a smart home? Here are eight gadgets that you must have to turn your home into a smart home.

1. Home security

The first step to making your home a smart one is by starting with the door. Accessing your home door with a traditional key-lock system is hardly the sign of a smart home. Instead, you should get a digital door lock. While technology hasn’t advanced to the stage where you can unlock your door with a retina scan, a digital door lock comes close. With a digital door lock, all you have to do is to key in your pin. You can even create a personalised pin for each of your guests. The app even helps you track the date and time where your visitor entered your home. Some of you might be worried about the security of your home if it can be accessible just through a pin. For greater security, you can also add a Bluetooth key on the igloohome mobile app. This gives you an added layer of security without having to bring along a bunch of keys.

2. Smart lighting

Traditionally, lightbulbs are made to only emit a single colour of light. It’s either white bright light or warm orange light. The intensity of your lightbulb is also fixed at the point of installation. If you want to change it, you need to get an electrician. With Phillips’ Hue lightbulbs, you get to make your lightbulbs smart too. Phillips’ Hue lightbulbs allows you to reimagine lighting by giving you smart control over your lighting options. Phillips’ Hue lightbulb offers infinite possibilities for you to play with colours. You can sync the lights to your music, TV, and games for immersive effects. You can also set the right ambience for the right moment with a range of beautiful, natural white light. Even if you forget to off your lights after you leave your home, you can also switch it off through the app.

3. Smart speaker

Google Home is like your personal virtual maid. You can get it to do something for you without actually moving your hands. All you have to do is to control it with your voice and it gets things done for you. For example, it allows you to choose which music track to play, which Netflix show to play on the TV, and even reads the news to you. You can also get personal reminders on your calendar or ask it to find you the best soup recipe to prepare for your family dinner. But more importantly, it can help you control your other smart home devices!

4. Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo is like the evil twin of Google Home. Whatever that works with Google Home, you are likely to find it working with Amazon Echo as well. The main difference is probably the number of third-party apps you can control with Amazon Echo compared to Google Home.

5. Home entertainment

Watching shows is the cornerstone of home entertainment. For many, it is also the source of family entertainment. Yet, over the years, the emergence of apps like Netflix and YouTube has changed the requirements of family entertainment. You no longer want to watch conventional TV channels. You want to migrate to Netflix, YouTube, or even directly streaming from websites to watch your favourite Korean drama. In order to stream from apps or websites, you need to get a smart TV. Alternatively, you can also get a Chromecast or Apple TV, which allows you to connect your phone to the big screen.

6. Robot vacuum

Despite living in the 21st century, you still have to clean your own home. But why would you want to do that when you can get a robot cleaner to do the "dirty work" for you? Robot vacuums have now become a common feature in homes. If you are thinking of designing a smart home, it is definitely something you need to get. Robot vacuum allows you to live in a clean environment without spending too much time on cleaning. It is like having a maid at home at one-tenth the cost. The only caveat is that it doesn’t do your dishes.

7. Smart fridge

Do you find yourself standing in front of your fridge every week to do a "stock take" so that you know what food to replenish your fridge with? Or do you have trouble identifying whether the food in your fridge has already expired? If you have such problems, then you need a smart fridge. The Samsung smart fridge comes with camera sensors and a huge touchscreen that allows you to detect the type of items stored in it and keep track of important details such as expiry and usage.

8. Smart aircon control

Getting the temperature right in your home is important, especially in a hot and humid tropical country like Singapore. But turning on the aircon can be a huge burden on your household’s electricity bill. How do you enjoy cool air in your home without overspending on your electricity bill? It’s simple, just use a smart aircon control that offers "artificial intelligence". tado° allows you to control the aircons in your home in a smarter way. For starters, it allows you to control every aircon in your home via an app. Next, you can set a schedule for different temperatures at different times of the day. tado° will automatically adapt this by turning the air conditioning off when you’re not there to save you energy. It also has a weather adaptation feature that ensures that you live in comfort by adjusting the temperature for you as the weather changes. Lastly, it allows you to track your aircon usage and generates an Energy Savings Report to show you how much you have saved. Oh, not to forget, it also syncs with Google Home and Alexa.

This article first appeared on BankBazaar.sg, a leading online marketplace in Singapore that helps consumers compare and apply for financial products such as credit cards and loans.

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